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Briefings: Investment services for insurers

Investment Insights: LDI Plus

The use of LDIs, by which we mean the practice of using leverage to reduce the exposure of a pension scheme's funding position to interest rate and inflation movements, has become increasingly commonplace in pension schemes' investment portfolios.

Investment Insights: Governance

In this paper we demonstrate the importance of governance and explain how taking the time to ensure you have strong governance in place will bring real benefits.

Investment Insights - Equities

We consider the outlook for equities over the long term and the short term, before considering the options available to investors concerned that equities may be due a fall.

Investment Insights: Inflation

Are we seeing inflation being driven upwards by economic drivers rather than by policy-makers? In this paper we investigate whether the recent heightened level of inflation is expected to stay and what the investment options are for pension schemes that wish to protect against such a scenario.

Key regulatory updates: Life and General Insurance late 2016/early 2017

In case you missed anything amid the rush to prepare for and get stuck into year-end reporting, this newsletter highlights the main points from some of the key regulatory publications between the period 1 October 2016 to 28 February 2016.

Key regulatory updates: Life and General Insurance Q3 2016

In this briefing note, we highlight the main points from some of the key regulatory publications of the summer months, covering the period 01 July 2016 to 30 September 2016.

Response on TR16/2: Fair treatment of long-standing customers in the life insurance sector

We welcome the effort that the FCA has put into the TR16/2 review - focusing on good customer outcomes has always been important for well-run life insurers, and we agree with the FCA that it is important that all customers should be considered throughout the duration of their policy.

Financial Conduct Authority Thematic Review TR16/2

The FCA issued Thematic Review TR16/2, 'Fair Treatment of long-standing customers in the life insurance sector' on 3 March 2016. The work by the FCA in this area has the scope to have considerable impact on the industry as a whole.

Actuarial Function Structure Survey 2015

Ever since the publication of Article 48 of the Solvency II Directive, there has been much debate and discussion as to the role and responsibilities of the Solvency II Actuary and how actuarial departments should be structured. In the Autumn of 2015, we carried out a survey to see how UK insurers have addressed the challenges

PRA Solvency II Insurance Directors’ update - November 2015

The PRA has published a Solvency II Insurance Directors’ update letter for all Solvency II affected firms. With the implementation of Solvency less than two months away, reviewing applications for Solvency II approvals is the PRA’s main priority.

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